School Library System

March 30 - April 3, 2020

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Communication Coordinator/Council Meeting - RESCHEDULED

Our Communication Coordinator/Council meeting that was originally scheduled for March 25th will be held virtually on April 8, 2020 from 9 am - 12 pm. If you were already registered for the March meeting, you do not need to do anything. If you were not registered please register using the links below. Council members should sign up under one link only.

Communication Coordinators:


Our meeting will take place via Zoom and the link will be sent to registrants the day before the event. If you do not register you will not receive the Zoom link so please be sure to register. Remember, our meetings are open to everyone, not just CCs and Council Members. We have a great day planned with presentations from fellow librarians on various tech tools and makerspace ideas. We hope you will join us! Thank you!

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· Sora ·

Sora Updates Newsletter

This is a generic 'Sora Updates' newsletter to send out to your teachers/admins/students. It does not contain a district name. Please feel free to share with those in your district.

Always Available Titles for Simultaneous Reading

The Always Available titles do not have checkout limitations. That means they can be used for simultaneous reading. If you are interested in creating a digital book club or having your class read from the same book at the same time, this is a great place to start.
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Now available as a simultaneous read title!
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Lots of New Titles in Sora

To help your school communities meet reading needs during school closures, OverDrive Education has provided immediate access to quality books at no cost via the student reading app, Sora.

The Big Library Read

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The BLR is an awesome simultaneous reading opportunity for HS students!

One way to bring your students together during this time is with the next Big Library Read, which started one week early. Previously, the next global ebook club was going to start on Monday, March 30. But in light of everything happening with COVID-19, and knowing your users are turning to your OverDrive site, BLR has started (Monday, March 23).

Our global ebook club is an opportunity for readers all around the world to read the same book at the same time without waitlists or holds. From March 23 – April 13, comedian Michael McCreary’s memoir Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic will be available in both ebook and audiobook formats.

Sora URL

A few librarians have asked for the URL to use on their library website/page:

· Reminders ·

Keeping Track of SLS Information & Resources

It can be a challenge to stay organized with such an influx of information being offered on a daily basis. For your convenience, you can always find all emailed SLS Smore bulletins and newsletters under the Newsletter tab of the LibGuide.
Resources for Online Learning

Many resources for remote teaching & learning

Getting Students Excited About Reading

Information and resources about copyright, authors and read alouds

· Articles ·

Authors Offer Stay-at-Home Activities, Read-Alouds

Dav Pilkey, Dolly Parton, and LeVar Burton

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· We Love Showing You Off ·

The Positivity Project

Cairo-Durham Middle School is putting together a positive message video for their students. MS teachers were invited to send a 10-second video to add. Here is a still from Nancy Pine's video. It is so important to remember, especially right now. Other people matter and we will get through this TOGETHER #thepositivityproject

Thank you for sharing, Nancy!

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· Librarian of the Week ·

Each week we will showcase a librarian from our region.

Who: Maureen Squier

What: Secondary Librarian

Where: Maple Hill MS & HS (Schodack CSD)

A favorite hobby: Other than the obvious hobby (reading), I like to run, cook, and garden.

What book would you recommend: The Book Thief is one of my favorites; anything by Ruta Sepetys; for adult books, I really like Amor Towles.

Share something that you are proud of that has recently happened in your library/school: this is my fourth year at Schodack, and I finally have a comprehensive research project at every grade level (7-12). Also, my circulation is up over the past several years. I am proud of the library program that we are building at Maple Hill. Another event I'm also really proud of is the 2nd Annual Peeps Diorama Contest that we will be doing this year. Because of the COVID-19 closure, we will be switching it to a virtual contest, but it was a lot of fun last year!

What drew you to a career in school librarianship: When I was a high school senior, I had a meeting with my local public librarian about studying to be a librarian. I never went back for my graduate degree, life intervened, and I stayed at home with my three children. After my youngest went to school, I started to think about what I wanted to do when I grew up, and it always came back to libraries. School libraries seemed to combine my love of libraries and learning with my love of helping out in my childrens' classrooms. At the time, we could only afford either a new minivan or a grad degree - I think I've gotten way more return out of my career as a school librarian than I would have from a minivan!

· Books of the Week ·

Recommended by member librarians
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Daily Librarian Chat

Each day librarians will get together to discuss the best possible ways to meet their students' and teachers' needs during school closures. Topics will vary based on need.

M, W, F: 10-11 AM
T, TH: 12-1 PM

Mondays are typically regional meetings including librarians from many BOCES.

No need to register.

Contact Amanda for the Zoom link.

Model Schools Google Meet Webinar

All sessions are currently full. check the Questar MLP catalog for new dates coming soon.

HyperDocs Webinar

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Digital Citizenship: How Educators Can Help Webinar

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TeachingBooks Webinar

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Catskill CSD - Library Media Specialist - Anticipated Vacancy 2020 - 2021

Job ID: CATN0171497-7020

Application Deadline: 04/30/2020

Start Date: 09/01/2020

Job Description:

Position: Library - Media Specialist

Assignment: Catskill Central School District

Qualifications: Valid N.Y.S. Library Media Specialist Certification

Effective: September 2020

Deadline:April 30, 2020

Salary:Per CTA Contract


Questar III School Library System

Kerrie Burch, Director of School Library System, Model Schools, and Arts

Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist

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